American Idol Season 19 viewers got quite a shock at the top of its first live show when Ryan Seacrest revealed that contestant Wyatt Pike had removed himself from the competition. The singer had made it all the way to the competition's Top 12 elimination phase, but according to Seacrest, Pike had decided to drop out due to personal reasons.
Fans scoured the internet for answers that night, but no updates appeared until Wednesday when Wyatt Pike surfaced on both Twitter and Instagram to send a message to fans concerning his high-profile exit. Read what the singer had to say below, and continue on for all the buzz that surrounded Pike on Monday night.
I had to leave the American Idol competition for personal reasons but am so thankful I get to play music for the rest of my life. Fellow contestants - miss you all, good luck! Thank you to everyone for your support… do stick around for more musical things soon!
Wyatt Pike's message to American Idol fans didn't provide a detail-filled explanation, but it did answer some of the most important things viewers wondered about on Monday night. Pike did indeed leave the competition for personal reasons, and it seems that he's still grateful that he'll have a chance to continue to play music even if it's not on the ABC competition.
Speculation about Wyatt Pike's departure was all over the place on Monday, with theories abounding concerning what led to the singer's exit. Many pointed to a picture that Pike posted from his hometown of Park City, Utah, five days prior to the episode's airing, questioning if maybe he was disqualified for some violation of COVID-19 protocols. Others feared that the singer may be in some physical trouble, though the picture shared on Twitter appeared to show Pike in good spirits.
Wyatt Pike got support from alumni of American Idol past and present, who wished him well on the next chapter of his life. This included fellow Season 19 competitor Deshawn Goncalves, who was one of the first to send a message of support to Pike.
With Wyatt Pike out of Season 19, American Idol lost another talented competitor who, quite frankly, had a chance to go much further in the competition had he continued on. This season is not at all lacking for talent elsewhere, though, so viewers should stay content with Pike keeping his reasons for his departure private. Tune in next week, though, to see who will make the next round of cuts.
American Idol airs on ABC on Sundays and Mondays at 8:00 p.m. ET. Pike was certainly a talented competitor, though I personally have to think if there's anyone who will win Season 19, it's one of the many talented women who've knocked all their performances thus far out of the park.